Miami FC will take on the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup in a high-stakes match that will take the renewed in-state rivalry to new heights on Tuesday, June 22. The match is set for a 7:30 p.m. start time at Lockhart Stadium. Fans will be able to take advantage of a 2-for-1 ticket deal for admission.
Miami FC picked up an important 1-0 shutout victory over the MLS-bound Portland Timbers to jump ahead in the USSF D-2 Pro League standings on June 12. Miami FC will look to build on its home win in the first round of the U.S Open Cup against the Central Florida Kraze at Central Broward Regional Park (Cricket Stadium) on June 15. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.
As the teams got ready to travel to South Africa this week, there was some bad news on the injury front with England suffering a massive loss in the form of Rio Ferdinand, who injured a ligament in his knee in training. This is a big blow to England to lose their captain like this, but I feel they have enough cover in their centre back to cope without him.
England: Once again, the Italians will be one of the strongest defensive teams; they won the 2006 World Cup with this as their foundation - and there really seems to be something ingrained in their mentality that makes this component of their game so prominent. This time around three of the back four from the winning side in the 2006 World Cup will be available again. Keeper, Buffon, is still one of the most outstanding in that position in the world. However, the lack of firepower upfront and creativity in midfield will prevent them from posing enough of a threat to be real contenders this time around.